It is with great sadness that the family of Robert “Bob” Louis Fitch, announce his passing on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in Sandpoint at the age of 90 years. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Grandview Cemetery.
Bob was born on January 31, 1929, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Theodore and Vera Hayward Fitch.
After spending much time with his grandparents, Jessie and Mary Fitch, he graduated from high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bob attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he received his Master’s in Education.
He excelled in athletics, including football, basketball and track.
In 1952, he joined the United States Navy. He was an airplane mechanic and a Special Service member of many naval athletic teams. Track was his specialty and he held several national records in the hurdles.
Bob met Joan Burchell in 1952 and they were married the following year. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, they settled in Bonners Ferry, where he and Joan had two children, Terri and Dennis. They built their home and cabin and resided there for 60 years.
During that time, Bob taught welding, history, woodshop and anything needed at Bonners Ferry High School. He coached football, basketball and track for many years.
Bob worked summers for the Forest Service and U.S. Immigration at the U.S./Canadian Border in Porthill, where he continued to work after retiring from teaching in 1991.
Bob and Joan enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and spending time on the Moyie River. They were married 55 years before Joan’s passing in 2007. Bob was active in the American Legion, Color Guard, Booster Club and many Bonners Ferry civic activities.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his two children, Terri (Bryan) Duncan, Hayden, and Dennis (Jayna) Fitch, Bonners Ferry, grandchildren Kelli Duncan, Nicole Fitch and Cameron Fitch and nieces and nephews Dale Fitch Jr., Patti Fitch, Jeanette Jacobs, Dean Fitch, Georgia Fitch and Mark Fitch. He was also loved by Alicia (Dylan) Higgins and Breanna Richey.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan, and his brother Dale Fitch.